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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Relative Values (2000)

Lady Marshwood (Julie Andrews) of the British aristocracy is upset that her son (Edward Atterton) is marrying an American film star (Jeanne Tripplehorn). When her son brings the actress home to the family estate, she concocts a plot in the hopes of dashing the impending marriage. When the actress's ex-lover (William Baldwin) unexpectedly shows up, it only helps her plan. Based on a successful 1951 play by Noel Coward (Gladys Cooper played Andrews' part) which inexplicably never had a Broadway incarnation. It's what one would expect from the pen of Coward, an amusing and often witty drawing room comedy and the players are all up to the challenge. There's a slight element of class snobbery in the narrative and the two Americans are portrayed as boors. But I'm quite fond of drawing room comedies if they're good and this one gets a pass from me. It was released theatrically in the United Kingdom but went straight to cable in the U.S. With Colin Firth, Stephen Fry, Sophie Thompson and Stephanie Beacham.  

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